Rube Goldberg Mentor

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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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Position Summary: Rube Goldberg volunteers will help OMSI Museum Education staff offer fun, hands-on science learning experiences to Portland Public Schools 7th graders. The program is a student driven designing and building of Rube Goldberg machines. Successful volunteers will encourage students to create their own solutions through questions rather than through lecture-style instruction, maintain a flexible outlook and be ready to take on any challenge.
The programming will be happening periodically throughout the Portland Public Schools (PPS) school year and will occur at OMSI in the mornings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Dates will be shared to interested candidates who have morning availability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
 Mentor a team of six students as they design and build a Rube Goldberg machine.
 Help student use tools and materials safely.
 Ensure a safe work environment.
 Assist Museum Educators with classroom management by modeling appropriate behavior, actively engaging students in activities, and intervening when directed by the teacher.
 Work cooperatively with teachers and OMSI staff members.
 Communicate with diverse audiences.
 Assume other duties as assigned by the Natural Science and Administration Manager and education staff.
Required Knowledge/Skills:
 Able to interact positively with 7th grade students.
 Able to maintain a calm, pleasant, and cheerful demeanor in a busy and loud setting.
 Able to communicate effectively with people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
 Able to provide excellent customer service.
 Must present a professional appearance.
 Dependable and punctual.
 Self-directed and willing to take initiative.
 Willing to follow OMSI rules and procedures.
 Willing to attend training prior to the start of the program.
Preferred Knowledge/Skills:
Experience supervising, tutoring or teaching students in at least one of the grade
levels in middle school.
 Experience using common power and hand tools.
 Experience in museum, camp, or other related, non-traditional learning settings.
 Training and a lifelong learning experience.
 Admission for the volunteer to the museum, theater and planetarium shows, and
submarine tours.
 An OMSI Family Membership upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service.
 Discounts in the OMSI Science Store and on-site restaurants.
 The opportunity to meet many new people and learn more about OMSI.

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About Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)


1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, US

Mission Statement

OMSI’s mission is to inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action. Volunteers support the operation of five exhibit halls and eight science labs and hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations.


OMSI is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships, and donations to continue our educational mission, programs, and exhibits.


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1945 SE Water AvenuePortland, OR 97214



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